The virtualisation of TPG Telecom’s core network sees it become the first operator in Australia to have its entire 4G and 5G customer base on a virtualised platform, with the virtualisation the result of a multi-year partnership between TPG Telecom and Ericsson.
“Building on the success of the virtualisation programme, TPG Telecom has extended its partnership with Ericsson to include the deployment of its 5G Core for standalone network. Ericsson’s cloud native dual-mode Core will drive service and technology innovation for TPG Telecom’s customers,” the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
“The completion of TPG Telecom’s 5G standalone Core Network will assist the operator to cover 85 per cent of the population in ten of Australia’s largest cities and regions with its 5G network by the end of this year, whilst enabling it to deliver innovative services and emerging industry 5G applications with greater flexibility and scalability.
“The 5G Core network is based on future-proof network architecture that will enable TPG Telecom to combine 4G and 5G technologies on one platform, delivering tailored services for its customers through network slicing, network exposure, and edge capabilities.
“The new cloud-native 5G Core network will deliver the full benefits of automation and enhance 5G customer experience through improved network speed, latency, and coverage,” the statement said.
TPG Telecom Executive General Manager Mobile and Fixed Networks Barry Kezik, said: “The virtualisation of our core network has enabled us to fast-track our 5G rollout without disrupting 4G services.
“By introducing our new 5G Core network, we are ensuring that we can significantly expand our 5G coverage whilst introducing new and innovative 5G industry applications that are tailored to enterprises.”
“This achievement is a testament to the strong and ongoing partnership that we have with TPG Telecom. The virtualisation of its core network will be critical in unleashing the potential of 5G using Ericsson’s market leading 5G Core solutions,” Emilio Romeo (pictured), Head of Ericsson, Australia and New Zealand, said.
“I am looking forward to continue building our partnership with TPG Telecom as we support the deployment of a 5G standalone that will truly enable everyday consumers and enterprise to harness the potential of 5G.”
This story first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 7 September 2021.